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The Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S.

Michigan has three and Florida two in a list of the top 10 most dangerous cities in the U.S. produced by a security industry group using FBI crime data.

Based on average rate of violent crime per 100,000 population, the top 10 most dangerous cities are:

  • East St. Louis, Illinois

  • Darby Borough, Pennsylvania

  • Opa Locka, Florida

  • Florida City, Florida

  • Flint, Michigan

  • Detroit, Michigan

  • Saginaw City, Michigan

  • College Park, Georgia

  • Prichard, Alabama

  • West Memphis, Arkansas

The National Council for Home Safety and Security released the top 10 ranking, which is a subset of its larger report, Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in America ranking.

The group is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association of licensed alarm installers and contractors. No membership list is currently available. The group’s goal is to “further industry education and public knowledge about home safety and security.”

Despite the high violent crime rates in some cities, the report cites evidence in the FBI data that, overall, the violence has been lessening, and that trend is likely to continue. For 71 percent of the top 100 list, violent crime has dropped in recent years, often by double digits. Similarly, 7 of the top 10 most dangerous cities have seen double digit percentage drops in violent crime.

The report notes that a high population does not mean that a city will have a high violent crime rate. Many of the top 100 most dangerous cities are relatively small, with 68 of the top 100 having populations under 50,000, and 37 possessing populations under 20,000. However, the authors write, many of these smaller communities are adjacent to larger metropolitan areas, such as #2 Darby Borough, Penn. (population: 11,000), which is located five miles outside of Philadelphia, and Florida City, Fla., which lies just outside of Miami.

“Many of these smaller communities have violent crime rates similar to the most dangerous neighborhoods of the larger cities they are adjacent to, and in many cases, they border these neighborhoods. The difference is that the larger cities also have more affluent, low crime areas that lower their overall violent crime rates, while their smaller satellite cities do not,” the report says.

The analysis is based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting database for the years 2010-2014 (the most recent years available) for multiple jurisdictions. This database is restricted to law enforcement agencies that serve at least 10,000 people. After eliminating data for any jurisdiction that was purely “regional” (not a municipality), not present at least 3 of the 5 years, or with multiple missing entries, the analysts focused on the remaining 3,482 towns and cities, according to the stated methodology.

Closer to the Upper East Side and Miami Shores

Commissioner Urges Women To Be Cautious After Violent Sexual Assault In Her District. As police continue to search for a violent rapist in Miami, the Miami-Dade County Commissioner who represents the district in which the attack happened is asking women to be vigilant.

“The first thing that went through my mind was idea of being so disturbed,” Commissioner Audrey Edmonson said. “When women especially have been raped, robbed, all in broad daylight and no one seems to have seen anything, I become very disturbed.”

The community surrounding NE 86 St. and NE 9 Ave. is shaken up over the attack last Monday. “I’m terrified,” Ruchira Setheia said. “Especially when I’m walking alone.”

“Of course it’s scary,” Marialena Larsen said.

It was 9:20 in the morning on December 30 when investigators say a man jumped into the passenger seat of a parked car, forced the woman in the driver’s seat to the backseat, drove a few blocks away and raped her.

The woman was also robbed at gunpoint, according to police. Security video captured the man leaving the scene and detectives think he was driving a dark blue or black late model Chevrolet Impala with dark tinted windows and chrome rims.

Commissioner Edmonson believes someone saw something and urges any witnesses to come forward immediately. “We have to start telling something. There’s nothing wrong with being a snitch. There’s nothing wrong with picking up the phone,” Edmonson told CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana.

Detectives think there may be more victims out there, and Edmonson asks women to be on alert. “You cannot sit in your car now, I think we all see that now, you can’t just sit there with unlocked doors because once someone is in the car with you, you lose control,” Edmonson said.

Police were handing out flyers in the area where the crime occurred Wednesday morning.

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